The Phillies completed a four-game sweep over the pathetic Washington Nationals with a 12-1 drubbing on Sunday afternoon. Aaron Nola provided another rock solid outing, while the offense went bananas for the third straight day. Rookie Darick Hall blasted two homers, while Rhys Hoskins went yard for the fourth consecutive game.
Nola was in his usual dominant form, punching out five, while only surrendering one run on five hits and two walks across 6.0 frames. The relief corps continued their lights out ways, with Connor Brogdon, Seranthony Domínguez and David Robertson each tossing scoreless frames.
Every Phillies hitter reached base safely against the Nationals, as Nick Castellanos, the only player without a hit, walked twice. Youngster Nick Maton had a career day, falling a triple short of the cycle and collecting four RBI. Bryson Stott, Brandon Marsh and Kyle Schwarber all added multiple hits each, as the Phils collected a team wide 13 base knocks.
Perhaps most importantly, recently activated second baseman Jean Segura was afforded a day off, while the red-hot Hoskins took a breather as the designated hitter today. After tomorrow’s off day the Phillies should be well rested when they take on the Miami Marlins Tuesday night.
Today’s win further solidified the Phillies’ playoff hopes, as they pulled 2.0 games ahead of the Brewers for the final wildcard spot. Additionally, they are now 0.5 games up on the Padres for the second wildcard spot, and only 3.5 back of the Braves for the first.